The 6th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication was held on September 10th to 12th, 2009 in Vancouver, Canada. The EQUATOR Network was active, conducting a pre-conference workshop, hosting the 2nd Annual Lecture, and operating the EQUATOR Network information booth.
On September 9th 2009, the EQUATOR Network conducted a workshop on 'Key guidelines for reporting health research studies' aimed at journal editors. They had an excellent attendance with a number of people asking to join in even on the day of the workshop; this made the room slightly crowded but discussions much more lively. The workshop participants benefitted from the EQUATOR Steering group: Doug Altman, David Moher, Ken Schulz, and John Hoey, facilitating the workshop, which was a rare treat. The guest speaker Christine Laine, Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, shared her experience of using reporting guidelines in Annals.
The workshop feedback was excellent and EQUATOR is thankful to all participants for their constructive comments which will help to make future workshops better.
The slides from the workshop can be accessed from the EQUATOR website.
Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, electrified the room with his challenging talk 'Re-describing medicine: reporting or reclaiming research for health?'. Dr Horton offered a very broad perspective on current 'international' publishing of health research and structured his lecture around four main questions:
The lecture slides (PDF) are now available on the EQUATOR website.
The EQUATOR team was very busy during the whole congress promoting the importance of accurate and transparent reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. They were delighted at the great interest in our stand during the whole congress.
Reporting issues featured strongly in the Peer Review Congress programme: 3 full sessions were dedicated to the quality of reporting highlighting successes to date, problems remaining and acknowledging the great amount of work ahead to make global improvements.
For more news about EQUATOR's presence at the Peer Review Congress, please visit the EQUATOR website.